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​​​​A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) trained in ostomy care can help you adjust to your ostomy (a surgically constructed opening from the bladder or bowel to the outside of the body). You can meet with a CNS Ostomy Nurse before your surgery. The nurse will give you information and answer your questions about living with an ostomy.

After your surgery, the nurse will teach you how to manage your ostomy and ostomy pouching system. You can call a CNS Ostomy Nurse after you leave the hospital if you need advice or have any concerns about your ostomy. Also, a stoma clinic is available by appointment if you have difficulties with your pouching system.

CNS Ostomy Nurses can give you practical help, advice and education about:

  • Managing an ostomy in everyday life
  • Caring for your ostomy pouching system
  • Problem-solving if leakage occurs
  • Ostomy support groups
  • Living a full and active life
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​​​ How to Get Referred

If you want to speak to a CNS Ostomy Nurse, call the nurse at your hospital.

Toronto General
  • Debra Johnston: 416 340 4800 ext. 7209
  • Leslie Heath: 416 340 4800 ext. 4399
  • Anne Tan: 416 340 4800 ext. 4399
Princess Margaret
  • James Smith: 416 946 2000 ext. 2447
Toronto Western
  • Alexis Truax: 416 603 5800 ext. 2937
  • Joyce Reardon: 416 603 5800 ext. 2937
Toronto Rehab
  • Carol McAnuff: 416 597 3422 ext. 6353
  • Habib Ghasemi (Lyndhurst Outpatient Clinic): 416 567 3422 ext. 6216


Last reviewed: 10/19/2022
Last modified: 10/31/2023 5:39 AM
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